Beyond the method #6

Ushiro eri dori kokyu nage

Vidéo #6 : When tori is pulled backward

N.B : the grip must be neutral only during the exercise done within the frame of the method, i.e an exercise without all the elements that could increase the difficulty in learning the form.

In reality, in the movement, the ushiro dori grab has two functions: either pull tori backward or push him forward.

When tori is pulled back, he is unbalanced. The simple and natural reflex of stepping back, pulling the front leg back, will prevent from losing balance. But this action is not satisfactory in aiki terms. That linear back move puts him in the same hanmi position as his opponent's and in the inner side, which is a situation made even more instable and vulnerable by the fact uke is not unbalanced by this movement.

But more importantly, tori's hanmi position, which was right and necessary at the beginning of the movement, is no longer valid in the second time which should the time of action. In the aiki time of action, the human body and being need a square support of the ground which offers both an optimal stability and the maximum range of hip motion. That square support cannot only be achieved, from the initial triangular position, but by the body rotation: tori must again and again move according to Aikido's immutable rotation principle, irimi tenkan. In that case, the rotation is done backward.

From ushiro dori, the rotation backward, whether done at gedan or jodan level, allows tori taking control of uke and in the same movement leaving the zone where all opponents converge: the two essential criteria of an aiki action are then present.

Philippe Voarino, June 2015

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